What Are the Most Common Misconceptions About Postpartum Depression?

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A big misconception about postpartum depression is that it only happens to people who are already depressed or who already had problems. Postpartum depression is a chemical imbalance and it can happen to anyone. Even you. The most important thing to remember is if you have signs of depression that go on longer than the first few days after birth, talk to your health care provider early on.

We can diagnose it early, we can give things that make a difference so that you can enjoy your baby in these first few weeks at home. This is not something to hide or be ashamed of it happens to many, many women, and it's easily controlled today. Normal baby blues is just a little bit of weeping, irritability, sensitivity, crying at the sight of a movie that, you normally wouldn't have cried over.

Postpartum depression is a little more serious than that, if you or other members in your family are noticing that you have an inability to sleep, your're not able to eat, you don't want to get get up and get dressed. You have thoughts of harming yourself, you don't want to deal with the baby and you just want to crawl in bed and avoid the rest of the world.

This is not normal baby blues, call your provider early and this is the time if you think you're at risk for postpartum depression, to have a plan before you give birth. Make sure you surround yourself with supportive people who are going to help you get the necessary nutrition and sleep that you need.

Make sure there are no negative people that you're not watching scary and upsetting movies, that you are not doing things like over scheduling yourself so that you get all of the help that you need that wards off this process. And if necessary share with your provider that you feel that you may need medication.

It's okay to take medication. It can help you to have a more happy birth and postpartum experience.